The AVMA condemns fighting events involving animals in which injury or death is intended. The AVMA supports the enforcement of laws against the use and transport of animals and equipment for fighting ventures. Further, the AVMA recommends that animal fighting be considered a felony offense. The AVMA encourages veterinarians to learn to recognize the signs of animal fighting, educate the public about the harm caused by animal fighting, and to collaborate with law enforcement with respect to recognition and enforcement of applicable laws.
2017 American Veterinary Medical Association